Prologue: For some reason I can't explain, I have often heard people mixing up these entirely two different valley settings. The fact is, one is in Utah and the other in Nevada. Moreover, the terrain is completely different, as is the temperament of each. Well, some of us sense a different temperament visiting such places. In any event, I decided to clear up any lingering confusion by doing a diary on both settings. This way if you ever get invited to join Alex Trebek, on Jeopardy, you will at least guess the right answers for either location. (And is this MC still doing these wonderful shows, I wonder?)
Location/Geography: Valley of the Gods is located in southwestern Utah, near the Arizona border. The closest towns: Mexican Hat and Bluff. Red rock country at the base of Cedar Mesa. Elevation: 4,675 feet.
Spotlight: A geologic sibling to Monument Valley. Quiet, peaceful and out of the way. An unsurpassed setting away from the maddening crowd (of tourists).
Snapshot: About 33 miles north of Monument Valley, this smaller rock-hewn estate is like a geologic afterthought. Here, in this 50-square-mile basin managed by the BLM, the studded and picturesque setting of spires, buttes and towers of this, the other neighborhood valley, represents a panorama of sheer fascination. Navajo legend says the lofty sandstone sentinels in the ocher-hued amphitheater setting are warriors long ago turned to stone. Its sprawling backcountry consists of miles and miles of exposed red rock, shallow dry river channels, and of course stunning, rising landmarks that beckon visitors. Just take plenty of water, for this is indeed a parched landscape, another desert Southwest place in one sense, yet very singular in another.